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KangaNews announced the winners of the KangaNews Awards 2019 at the beginning of the first full week of December. In the same week, Australian public market activity was highlighted by National Australia Bank's A$500 million (US$342.1 million) wholesale AT1 transaction. Meanwhile, New Zealand saw Synlait Milk price a NZ$180 million (US$118 million) five-year, subordinated deal. 

On December 5, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) revealed its final determination on new capital requirements for domestic banks. Banks will still have higher capital requirements but the regulator has elected to let them fund part of these with redeemable additional tier-one (AT1) instruments and is also granting a longer implementation period.

National Australia Bank (NAB) (AA-/Aa3/AA-) launched its wholesale, perpetual non-call 10-year, additional tier-one (AT1) capital transaction on 5 December. The forthcoming deal is being marketed at 375 basis points area over semi-quarterly swap, with the notes expected to be rated BBB- by S&P Global Ratings. Pricing is expected on the day of launch.

On 5 December, Uniting Financial Services launched its debut 10-year non-call five-year (10NC5), Australian dollar denominated, subordinated, floating-rate note (FRN), sustainable development goals (SDG) transaction. Indicative price guidance for the forthcoming transaction, which is expected to price on the day of launch, is 325 basis points area over three-month bank bills. ANZ is leading.

The EU’s new regulations regarding investments in securitisation transactions came into effect on 1 January 2019. The securitsation partners at US law firm Mayer Brown look at the impact of the new regime and, in particular, the likely consequences for issuers from Australia.

KangaNews is proud to present the winners of the institutional and deal categories in the KangaNews Awards 2019. After an extensive voting and verification process, KangaNews can confidently say its results reflect a true market view on the outstanding performers of 2019 in the Australian and New Zealand debt markets.

On 4 December, National Australia Bank (NAB) (AA-/Aa3/AA-) began taking indications of interest for a wholesale, perpetual non-call 10-year, additional tier-one (AT1) capital transaction. Initial price guidance for the deal, which is expected to launch in the near future, is 375 basis points area over semi-quarterly swap. The notes are expected to be rated BBB- by S&P Global Ratings.